While the previews feature Justin's comments on each book, I've added a couple of comics he didn't have listed that I will be picking up as well and even added some of my own comments to go along with his. Here's what Justin had to say about the books this week:
Another heavy week for DC again. Light for Marvel, but offering quality reads. DC has a couple of titles that are going to be cancelled soon in the form of Nightwing and Manhunter but both are still quality reads. Superman is a major character this week with New Krpyton Part 4 in Action Comics and the Kingdom Come Special: Superman, which I'm particularly excited about.Just want to give Justin a big thanks for taking the time to do this for me. Hit the jump for the full previews and check back later tonight for the first wave of reviews!
Meanwhile Marvel offers us another issue of Wolverine, which it seems I haven't read in a while, and Captain Britain which continues to be a solid read.
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Pete Woods
"New Krypton" part 4! With thousands of Kryptonians being integrated into human society, the world believes they'll be watched over and protected across the globe. But not everyone was raised by Ma and Pa Kent. Meanwhile, the experiments on Brainiac continue as his mysterious captor builds an army against the Man of Steel and his people.
Plus, who are the new Nightwing and Flamebird?
Justin Says: This is part of New Krypton, and although I missed part 3, I'm trying to stay positive for this storyline. I'd love to know what other people think about this storyline so far.
Kirk Says: Part 4? Where's part 3? Was that that random Guardian special? Did they stop Doomsday in that one or is it picking up here? Where the hell is my checklist...
BATMAN: CACOPHONY #1
Written by Kevin Smith
Art by Walt J. Flanagan and Sandra Hope
Best-selling comic book writer/director Kevin Smith (GREEN ARROW, Daredevil, Clerks) steps into Gotham City to write this 3-part miniseries event! Practically from out of nowhere, the mysterious masked killer known as Onomatopoeia returns and sets his sights – and sounds – against The Caped Crusader!
Kirk Says: I should probably listen to my gut and hold off until the eventual trade, but I honestly believe DC waited until they had this entire series in the can before soliciting / announcing it and I pray there isn't going to be a year or two delay between issues like some of Smith's other erratic releases.
Onomatopoeia is also a character I really enjoyed and wished we saw more of. I think I read somewhere that Smith owns the rights to him and that's why he hasn't shown up in anything else since he was first introduced back during the Green Arrow relaunch, but, regardless of why we haven't seen him, I'm looking forward to seeing him again.
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI: 13 #7
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Leonard Kirk
Brian Braddock has to make his hardest decision ever, in the room that grants your heart's desire. The power behind the Mindless Ones is revealed. Blade and Spitfire: at each other's throats? And our heroes have to fight their way out of: Hell Comes to Birmingham, part two.
Justin Says: I'm no buff with Captain Britain history, but we've learned that his greatest desire is his wife. The Blade and Spitfire dynamic is neat, and although I don't see it getting resolved anytime soon, it should lead to some sort of future storyline. No idea what the rest of the heroes will be doing during this issue.
DETECTIVE COMICS #850
Written by Paul Dini
Art by Dustin Nguyen
A "Batman R.I.P." tie-in! "Heart of Hush" concludes in this anniversary double-sized issue! Catwoman's life hangs in the balance during this final battle between Batman and Hush! And the life of Bruce Wayne will never be the same as the confrontation with his childhood friend Tommy Elliot reveals a terrible and shocking secret!
Kirk Says: Not a Batman RIP tie-in! Loving this Hush storyline, which is something I never thought I'd be saying at the end of this storyline. That cover is amazing, too.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Pat Gleason
The War of Light continues! In part 2 of "The Sins of the Star Sapphire," the Guardians journey on a diplomatic mission to convince the Zamorans to halt their tampering with the violet light. What will the Guardians do when they discover the Zamorans are attempting to "cure" Sinestro Corps members by infusing them with love?
Justin Says: With all these new Lanterns, it's going to be a little hard to keep track of without re-reading. I have no idea what to expect from this issue, but I always enjoy GLC and with this leading into Blackest Night sometime next year I have no intention of stopping.
Kirk Says: Looking forward to seeing what the Zamorans have been up to and how their corps has been coming along. Also, curious to see if this touches on the Rage of the Red Lanterns special in any way.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA KINGDOM COME SPECIAL: SUPERMAN #1
Written by Alex Ross
Art and Cover by Alex Ross
Spinning out of the "One World, Under Gog" storyline, the Kingdom Come Superman's struggle with his place in the world brings a final conflict between the Supermen of Earths 1 and 22! Feeling the weight of his own world's loss on his shoulders, the transplanted Superman searches for answers to the mystery of his life's seemingly cursed existence and encounters "old acquaintances" on the way. This is the first fully written and illustrated adventure by KINGDOM COME co-creator Alex Ross, building to the storyline's conclusion in JUSTICE OF SOCIETY OF AMERICA #22!
Justin Says: I love Alex Ross' art, and his stories are usually pretty fun to read. I've loved JSA since the reboot, and although this One World Under Gog storyline seems to be treading water, I'm enjoying it. The faster it ends, and the sooner we see Black Adam, the better.
Kirk Says: I'm surprised this issue hasn't been hyped more than it has. I figured DC would be pimping Alex Ross' name out like there was no tomorrow. Maybe they know it will sell regardless and can't be bothered?
Written by Marc Andreyko
Art by Michael Gaydos
The "Forgotten" arc concludes, revealing the high price of superpowers. And what's the final fate of Dylan Battles?
Justin Says: A pretty short solicit. I'm pretty upset that they're cancelling this (and Birds of Prey, effectively giving Manhunter no book at all). I've enjoyed the most recent reboot, and would love to see the character continue, but DC seems to disagree. Is anyone going to continue picking this up knowing that it's getting cancelled?
Kirk Says: Wow, I just realized that, Justin. Didn't even notice they effectively cancelled both books Manhunter was appearing in. I'm going to go cry in a corner now.
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Don Kramer and Jay Leisten
Special oversized "Batman R.I.P." tie-in issue! Believing Nightwing responsible for the death of an old flame, Two-Face has sworn his revenge upon Batman's first Robin and New York City itself. Armed with the same acid that turned him into Two-Face, Harvey Dent plans to scar half the population of New York to make them pay for his loss. And without The Dark Knight around for help, it's up to Nightwing to stop the Batman's most duplicitous and dangerous villain. Beware the acid rain as Nightwing confronts Two-Face in the final chapter of "The Great Leap"!
Justin Says: If I've learned anything about these R.I.P Tie-ins, it is that they aren't. The added fact that this is going to be cancelled (and probably relaunched somehow) has me wondering how much of an effect this storyline could actually have. I've liked Tomasi's runs so far, but am under the same opinion as others, that his storylines seem to lack depth.
SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #4
Written by Terry Moore
Art by Craig Rousseau
She’s lean! She’s mean! She’s green! She’s…what? She’s not green? Oh. Sorry. Getting her and Hulk mixed up. Check out the most awesomest series in the universe featuring said universe’s favorite redhead, by STRANGERS IN PARADISE writer Terry Moore, and art by the fantastical CRAIG ROUSSEAU!
Kirk Says: Moore has spent the first few issues of his run focused almost exclusively on Mary Jane. While this is good once in a while, I'm really hoping he'll get back to the relationships and interactions with Peter, Gwen, Liz and the numerous other cast members. Those were the parts that really enamoured me with the original series and, without them, I find myself enjoying the book less and less each month.
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Steve Mcniven
In a decimated future where America is dominated by super-villains, old man Logan lives out his days, but as far as he's concerned, WOLVERINE died fifty years ago with the rest of the super heroes. Now he's on a cross-country journey with the blind archer HAWKEYE to deliver a secret package to Hawkeye's contacts on the east coast. But dinosaurs and earthquakes might just finish them off for good! Plus: the identity of the PRESIDENT is revealed! MARK MILLAR and STEVE MCNIVEN continue their post-apocalyptic epic for the ages! Part 4 (of 8).
Justin Says: Despite Millars lackluster finish to Marvel 1985, I'm still looking forward to this issue. We're only halfway through and already Hawkeye has body counts in the double digits. Wolverine uses his claws sometime soon from what I've heard.
Kirk Says: Delays are never a good thing and I hope this (and Fantastic Four) get back on track. With the types of stories Millar writes, delays only hurt that action movie blockbuster feeling they elicit and I'm starting to wish I had trade waited to avoid this stop and go pacing.